Curiosity

Every day we deal with the environment. Every day we encounter normal and new situations. Every day we have the chance to learn something new.
It depends on us how we deal with the usual and the unknown. We have many possibilities, one of it is curiosity.

What describes curiosity?

It is an interest in what has been awakened by an impulse to experience something new. When we are curious, we want to find out, discover and learn something. It is, so to speak, the greed to obtain information about the unknown. For example, when children see a new toy, they are immediately eager to investigate what it is, what it can do, how they play with it and whether they can get an advantage from it. Children are simply curious and that is good! We all need curiosity, regardless of age, to develop an interest in something and finally to learn. But not only the knowledge acquired through this is an benefit. We are also much more detailed by looking more closely and above all by questioning. The latter is a very important fact. We actively deal with a situation or an object and want to understand it, in the best case with all our senses. This will help us to get involved in new situations and to be able to react flexibly. If we adapt more quickly to changing conditions, this means a progressive development. This in turn gives us new motivation and courage to expose ourselves more often to something unknown.

It does not take much to be curious.

It is important to create a general interest in yourself. What fascinates you? That is a fundamental question. Do you know what triggers in you the feeling of excitement to necessarily find out how something works or how something effects? Children often have that and are happy to be hit by a flood of findings.

It also matters what value we assign to the whole thing. How important is it to ourselves to create and satisfy a hunger for knowledge? It is up to each person to decide how we position ourselves in relation to qualities. Another fundamental question arises. Do you want to develop yourself? The answer should be yes! In this world there is much to discover, to learn and to question. Our brain is able to absorb almost unlimited information. But without curiosity we would not use our existing capacity. What a pity that would be…

In order to create curiosity, we should devote ourselves to our needs and search in our own thoughts for the interests that can be derived from them. With this an intrinsic motivation can be initiated. We should be able to stimulate ourselves by creating an incentive. This is the prerequisite for curiosity.

What is curiosity made of?

It is an interplay of several conditions that can cause a greed for something new: novelty, complexity, uncertainty and conflict. We want to explain things that are still unknown to us, we want to understand connections, transform uncertainty into certainty and find a good solution in conflictual situations, for which new perspectives are created.

If we add our evolutionary instincts, we will find that humans have been searching for solutions to their problems since time immemorial. These can be found by curiously questioning what the course of the actual situation might be. You have to be ready and open.

The nice thing is that curiosity is an integral part of us. We only have to retrieve and bundle it in a targeted manner. This process can be particularly stimulated by sources of inspiration, such as reading a book, consciously facing challenges or focusing on new stuff. We don’t have to change habits to do this, but we should get to the bottom of everyday things more. Curiosity can develop or consolidate from this.

The condition for knowledge is curiosity.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Walking through the world with open eyes and not just accepting everything. Through curiosity we gain more information and can expand our performance limits. Then we are allowed to react more flexibly, be more adaptable and expand our comfort zone. It has many positive sides.

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